Promoting Rural Broadband Networks and Applications

Showcase Awards

Application deadline is June 15

Winners are announced during the NTCA Fall Conference.


Smart Rural Community®  (SRC) promotes rural broadband networks and applications that communities can leverage to support innovative economic development, education, health care, government services, public safety and other vital public functions.

SRC recognizes top-performing broadband providers and their communities through its Showcase Awards; offers grants for innovative technology deployments in the Collaboration Challenge program; and provides educational resources and programming. 

National Recognition

The annual SRC Showcase Awards are presented to NTCA members to recognize their extraordinary achievements in promoting rural broadband networks and applications in rural communities. Awards are based on the demonstrated use of these technologies to support innovative economic development, education, health care, and other vital public functions.



The SRC Collaboration Challenge is an annual opportunity for rural broadband providers to obtain grants to deploy broadband-enabled solutions within their community. Matching-fund  obligations require local communications providers to recruit the participation of other local leaders.


Published July 2016

Smart Rural Community Collaboration Challenge Report

The SRC Collaboration Challenge funds have supported broadband access for financially-challenged students in Alaska; telehealth equipment for hospice patients in Minnesota; job training access on tribal lands in Montana; a network of community Wi-Fi across several towns in Vermont; and other applications. 


Advisory Council

The Smart Rural Community Advisory Council (SRCAC) supports the SRC initiative by providing the technical and business expertise essential to the implementation of the program. The SRCAC includes representatives from the communications, power utility, education, agriculture, public safety, health care and rural economic development industries. Certain NTCA member committees, as well as one NTCA staff liaison, are also represented on the council.


Current Members
  • NTCA Associate Member Advisory Council (Chair)
  • NTCA Innovation and Business Opportunity (Chairs)
  • American Farm Bureau Federation
  • American Library Association
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Bennet & Bennet
  • Genband
  • Inteliquent
  • Mapcom Systems
  • National Information Solutions Cooperative
  • National Rural Economic Developers Association
  • National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative
  • Plus One Strategic Communications
  • Rural School and Community Trust
  • Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health


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